Carroll County, along with about 98 percent of Maryland, was considered “abnormally” dry as of Thursday, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, while Howard, Anne Arundel, Harford and other counties have entered “moderate drought” conditions.
A lack of rain this time of year could bode ill for farmers, making the fall planting of certain crops for next year, such as strawberries, garlic and wheat, more difficult.
“As it stands right now we don’t see a lot of rain in the immediate future, like in the next week or so,” said Keith Krichinsky, the executive director of Foot’s Forecast based in Hampstead. He said to expect high temperatures to keep fluctuating between the mid-70s and mid-80s. “The warm sunny weather is basically going to continue for another week before any of the more traditional fall-like temperatures come in.”
But they will come. The next weekend, around Oct. 5, could see some cooler weather finally sweep into the region, according to Krichinsky, with potential precipitation in tow.
“We could see overnight temps in the low 40s,” he said. “We might see temperatures stay in the mid-60s for highs and with a drop off that significant — from mid-80s down into the low 60s — that usually is accompanied by a strong cold front, and those fronts typically do bring showers with them.”
Lorenzo is not expected to make landfall anywhere, but if the season stays relatively active, Krichinsky said, some other tropical storm systems might bring relief to the mid-Atlantic region, if it’s still parched by then.